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Working Pastorally with SEN Students


Your new on demand course

The SEND review is clear that improvements need to be made schools to ensure that all children and young people have the opportunity to thrive. Providing outstanding, targeted pastoral care for students with SEN can help you to achieve that.

This brand new course has been designed and written by Sam Garner, a leading expert in pastoral care, mental health and SEN. Sam will help you to understand your legal responsibilities for students with SEN and how this impacts the provision of pastoral care.

You will go on to explore some of the more frequently diagnosed special education needs, their characteristics and how you can improve your pastoral care to support better outcomes. Finally you will look at how you can take a more strategic approach, using evidence based research to improve your whole-school approach.

By the end of this on demand training course, you will:

  • Understand your legal responsibilities when working pastorally with SEN students

  • Improve the relationship between pastoral lead and SENCO 

  • Have a better understanding of the concept of neurodiversity and how this can impact students on a day-to-day basis

  • Be able to promote independent working for neurodiverse students

  • Be clear on how you can provide more effective pastoral support to students with dyslexia and literacy difficulties

  • Improve your understanding of ADHD and how your school can become more inclusive

  • Understand the specific pastoral needs of students with ASD/ASC and how environmental changes can make a big impact

  • Be able to support SEN pastorally in a positive way

  • Be able to work more strategically to improve your pastoral care

Facilitated by Samantha Garner: Sam is a renowned speaker, trainer and author specialising in mental health and SEN. She has been a SENCo in a large secondary school and is a qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and a Child and Adolescent Counsellor. Sam also set up a company providing mental health CBT programmes for schools. She is in high demand to speak at conferences and events and provides in-house training for schools and companies, nationally and internationally. Lauded for her humour and ‘telling it like it is’ approach to mental health, Sam has had her book Mental Health in Education published by Routledge,and regularly writes for several publications with more books in the pipeline for publication.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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